Newcastle United have new owners after an 18 month battle with the Premier League.
The group taking over the club from former owner Mike Ashley have paid over £300m to purchase the club and are made up of three separate parties.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia have provided the bulk of the funds and take ownership of 80% of the club while the other 20% is split equally between the Reuben brothers, who were last year named as the second richest family in the UK and English business woman Amanda Staveley, chief executive of PCP Capital Partners.
Here is everything you need to know about the woman who has been the public face of the Newcastle United takeover:
Who is Amanda Staveley?
Amanda Staveley is the chief executive of PCP Capital Partners.
The 48-year old businesswoman is a alumnus of St Catharine's College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, and was born in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
In October 2011, she married British-Iranian financier Mehrdad Ghodoussi and lives in Dubai.
Who are PCP Capital Partners?
PCP Capital Partners are a Private Equity investment firm, operated by Staveley.
The company have previously acted for Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the Abu Dhabi royal family and were involved in Mansour's high-profile purchase of Manchester City in September 2008.
In 2016, the same firm was involved in a joint bid to buy a share in Liverpool but were unsuccessful.
What is Amanda Staveley’s role at Newcastle United?
Amanda Staveley is now a director on the Newcastle board.
Staveley has been a part of the bid to takeover the Premier League club since the first bid was submitted in 2017.
What percentage of Newcastle United does Amanda Staveley own?
Amanda Staveley owns 10% of Newcastle United Football Club.
When the £300 million deal was successfully concluded this month, Staveley took a 10% share in Newcastle United.
Reuben Brothers also took a 10% share in the club and the Saudi Public Investment Fund took an 80% share.
What is Amanda Staveley’s net worth?
Amanda Staveley’s net worth has been reported as around £110m.
When PCP Capital Partners acted for Sheikh Mansour in 2008 when he invested £3.5 billion in Barclay’s Bank to control 165 of the bank, the deal was reported to have earned Staveley’s company a commission of £110 million, representing a profit of £40 million.
What does the Newcastle United takeover mean for fans?
Liam Kennedy, Newcastle United writer for National World sister title NewcastleWorld, says the takeover is a “monumental moment” for supporters of the football club.
He said: “This is a monumental moment in time for Newcastle United fans.
“They’ve collectively lived through the near 15 years of Mike Ashley, a loveless, hopeless marriage of convenience, punctuated with neglectful moments, tarnished by decay.
“Now, with new owners, there is hope. And this all Newcastle fans have yearned for.”
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